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Car Bomb Explosion Targets U.S. Convoy Near Key Gas Facility In Eastern Syria

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Car Bomb Explosion Targets U.S. Convoy Near Key Gas Facility In Eastern Syria

US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey on April 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

A car bomb exploded on January 18 targeting a convoy of U.S. forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near a key gas facility in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, according to the North Press Agency (NPA)

A source in the SDF told the agency that the car bomb was parked on a highway leading to the Conoco gas facility.

“A Hyundai type car exploded in the village of Jadid Akkidat in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor yesterday evening, during the passage of two convoys of the International Coalition and the SDF,” the source told the NPA on January 19.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed the incident, claiming that the attack didn’t result in any losses.

According to the London-based monitoring group, the car was rigged with several barrels filled with explosives and placed near the house of a local SDF commander. Only two of the barrels actually exploded, which likely prevented any losses.

ISIS claims responsibility for the incident through its news agency, Amaq, which said the attack targeted a “military convoy.” According to Amaq’s claims, an armored vehicle of the SDF was destroyed in the attack. Everyone aboard the vehicle were allegedly killed.

In the last two months, ISIS carried out a series of attacks on U.S. forces in eastern Syria. Several U.S. bases were shelled, including one within the Conico facility.

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